PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel to a three-year entry-level contract on Tuesday.
Pierro-Zabotel will report to the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who are currently in the East Division final against Hershey. Pierro-Zabotel led the Western Hockey League this season with 36 goals and 79 assists for 115 points, and had a plus-62 rating while helping the Vancouver Giants to an appearance in the WHL's Western Conference final.
Pittsburgh chose the Kamloops, B.C., native in the third round of the 2007 NHL draft, but the two sides were unable to agree to a deal quickly. Under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement, Pierro-Zabotel would have become an unrestricted free agent had the Penguins not signed him before this year's draft, which will be held June 26 - 27 in Montreal.